Colophony meaning

kə-lŏfə-nē, kŏlə-fōnē
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Rosin; the residue left after the distillation of oil of turpentine from liquid resin. Used in pharmaceutical preparations, soldering fluxes, and by violinists.
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Origin of colophony

  • Middle English colofonie from Latin (rēsīna) colophōnia (resin) of Colophon from colophōnia feminine of colophōnius of Colophon from Colophōn Colophon (known for its pine resin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin colophonia (“of Colophon”) resina (“resin”); named after the Ionic city of Colophon, which was known as producer of hardened resin.

    From Wiktionary